NPT presents “Footloose,” the Broadway hit musical, live on stage August 20th and 21st at Black Rock Church in its state-of-the-art theatre. The production will feature Emmy and Oscar winner Paul Bogaev as Reverend Shaw Moore and newcomer, Ramone Nelson, in the featured role of Ren McCormack.

“Footloose is about an outsider moving to a small town that is dealing with oppressive laws. As a Black actor playing Ren, the scene that sticks out to me is the police scene, because I know for me, driving anywhere, I always have to be alert. My father told me never to drive without my wallet within arm’s reach. With everything that is happening right now, I’m excited to bring my experience as a Black man in this society to the story.”
—Ramone Nelson, actor

“Footloose” is a musical based on the 1984 film of the same name. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, he is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. But he’s not prepared for the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, who is determined to exercise control over the town’s youth. When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges pins a father longing for the son he lost against a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin’ rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated Top Forty score, augmented with dynamic new songs, “Footloose” celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people while guiding them with a warm heart and open mind.

Paul Bogaev in NPT’s “Hunchback”

The New Paradigm Theatre Company (NPT) is a nonprofit organization promoting social responsibility and fostering creative problem solvers, leaders, and global citizens through arts education and theatrical productions. NPT offers online and in-person classes, workshops and seminars that build bridges across diverse communities. Professional productions are designed as “theatre shows on the move,” often assisting other local nonprofits with strategic partnerships that support theatre and the arts as key components of a healthy community.

For their summer production of “Footloose”, NPT is proud to partner with Kids Helping Kids. The mission of Kids Helping Kids is to develop leadership skills among students through youth-led service projects. They empower students to have a proactive attitude toward change by taking their passion and turning it into action to benefit low-income children in the community. Over 5,000 kids from 132 local schools have been involved with KHK because KHK gives students a voice, the tools, the belief in themselves and a path to make a difference now.

“Kids Helping Kids is in perfect alignment with the message provided by ‘Footloose,’ celebrating the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. Kids Helping Kids has been focused on the power of youth and their voice for the past 10 years,” says executive director, Jennifer Bentley. 

Performances of “Footloose” are August 20th at 7 p.m. and August 21st at 2 p.m or 7 p.m. Tickets are $18-$35 and $50 for VIP, which can be purchased online at ShowTix4U.com or by calling (203) 357-5201. Black Rock Church is located 3685 Black Rock Turnpike, Fairfield, CT 06825.
For more information about Kids Helping Kids, visit www.kidshelpingkidsct.org.

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